The brother of a Western Australian man shot dead by Queensland Police claims officers used “excessive force” when they fired four or five times at the 24-year-old.
Police say he was told to drop the weapon, and when he didn’t, authorities say the officers were left with no other choice.
Luke’s brother, Zac Gilbert, has shared his grief and outrage on social media.
“I don’t know how to say this, it’s not even sinking in yet,” Zac said.
Zac said Luke was with his girlfriend when he walked up to two officers.
“For reasons unknown right now, Luke pulled out a pen knife,” Zac wrote.
Zac said he believes “excess force” was used, adding “they didn’t try the taser, the baton or pepper spray… they went straight for the guns, carelessly”.
The Queensland Police Union says one of the officers involved has been in the force for 13 years and the other for three years.
Ian Leavers, president of the Police Federation of Australia, said officers had no other choice.
“Had a taser been an option, it would’ve been used, but I’m advised on this occasion it was simply not possible,” he said
CCTV and body-worn camera vision will be reviewed as part of the Ethical Standards Command investigation into the tragedy.
Luke has also been described as a “genuine top bloke” who “deserved better”.